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This is a member of Pemra

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LAHORE: Private Member, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Mian Shams, his father and brothers have been found involved in occupying land of Children Park and a mosque. Also, Shams’s two brothers were found to be convicted for attempt to murder and illicit weapons were recovered from them.

Ichhra police station record says the above cases were registered on June 5, 1988, November 30, 1988, and December 13, 14, 1988.

According to documents available with Jang, Mian Shams, his father Mian Zahoor ud Din, brothers Waheed Ahmed and Qamr ud Din are involved in building shops for marble business on illegally-occupied one kanal 10 marla land of mosque and Children Park, worth crores of rupees, in Pathar Market, Begum Road. On June 5, they assaulted the municipal corporation workers who had gone there to raze the illegal construction. A case was registered against them under sections of murder attempt, assault, and beating, nominating Mian Shams and his brother Qamr ud Din.

On December 13-14, 1988, two FIRs were registered against Wahiduddin and Qamaruddin, brothers of Mian Shams, regarding the recovery of 32-bore pistol and bullets from them. Mian Zahoor’s sons – Wahiduddin, Mian Shams, and Qamar — were nominated in an FIR for a murder attempt on Tariq Mahmood on November 30, 1988. Wahiduddin and Qamaruddin were also awarded three years imprisonment and Rs5,000 fine on December 9, 2006 for the attempted murder of Wapda employee Imamuddin Nasir in a land grabbing case.

Mian Shams was exonerated in the case while Mian Waheed and Qamaruddin were bailed later on. Deciding the ownership of the land in Mian Zahoor vs Mst Khursheed Ishrat case, the chief settlement commissioner on July 30, 2008, cancelled the transfers of land of 6 kanal and 2 marla besides Masjid Ghousia’s 6 marla land.

The additional collector Lahore wrote a letter to the assistant commissioner Model Town on October 2, 2012, to get vacated all the occupied land. The tehsildar and Patwari of the area prepared a report of the visit that the land be got vacated and transferred to the city district government to build a park there. Afterwards, corporation officials went to the place to remove the encroachments but occupation of the mosque land was maintained by showing the stay order on Children Pak on behalf of Zahoor Ahmed and Mian Shams.

Imamuddin Nasir is a complainant in some cases against Mian Shamsuddin, his father and other brothers. When he was contacted in this regard, he produced documentary proofs and stated that Mian Shamsuddin and his brothers were a qabza mafia (land grabbers) and they had built shops on the land specified for a children’s park and a mosque (Ghausia Masjid) in the area. He disclosed that the qabza mafia had rented out these shops and all the brothers receive rent from the tenants monthly.

Providing proofs, he said the ‘khasra’ (land reference) number of the plot allocated for a mosque in the Pathar Market is 26538/7220, while the ‘khasra’ number of the land allotted for children’s park is 2,26539/7220.

Imamuddin Nasir said the brothers of Shamsuddin attempted to got him killed because as he was aware of their black deeds. He said he was seriously injured in the firing. These people occupied the land of two sisters, Khursheed Ishrat and Mumtaz Jehan.

Imamuddin said this very family had obtained a stay order over a mosque’s land and showed that very stay order for the land of a children park. The address for Wapda meters installed at the shops illegally constructed on this land is also different. He said this family also tempered with various official records. They were facing a case for that very reason. “A bogus case was registered against me to weaken the case of firing at me,” he said.

He said, “I appeal to the chief justices of the Supreme Court, Lahore High Court, Punjab chief minister, and the inspector-general of police Punjab to act against the Qabza mafia and reclaim his land from illegal occupation.

When Mia Shams ud Din was contacted for obtaining his point of view on 0300 9408843, the person who attended the call told this correspondent that Mian Shams ud Din was speaking. When this correspondent narrated the allegations against him, he said that he was giving phone to Mian Shams, but then disconnected the call. Then an SMS in Urdu and English was sent to him on his number to which he did not respond till the filing of this report (past midnight). When a brother of Mian Shams was contacted over 03344155367, he did not take the call.

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